Meet the English for Lawyers Teachers

Rachel Gordon is an experienced legal English teacher. Ms. Gordon is a member of the adjunct faculty at American University Washington College of Law, where she has been teaching legal research and writing to international LL.M. students since 2017. She earned her graduate certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the American University College of Arts and Sciences in 2020, where she took advanced courses in pedagogy, cultural issues in teaching, and materials development and curriculum design. Ms. Gordon is admitted to legal practice in the state of Maryland, having earned her JD degree from American University Washington College of Law, and her BS degree from Cornell University. She is the Assistant Director of WCL Abroad at American University Washington College of Law, where she advises students and coordinates the school’s many study abroad programs. She is a member of the Washington Foreign Law Society board of governors and serves as a volunteer with various organizations including the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network.

Marleen Hein-Dunne teaches English for Lawyers and in the Legal English Program at American University Washington College of Law. Before joining the law school, Ms. Hein-Dunne taught classes in public speaking and business communications in the MBA program and taught College Writing courses in the Literature Department and Research Writing to international students at AU. At Georgetown University, she taught classes in professional writing and designed as well as taught a writing course for international graduate students in the Department of Linguistics. Ms. Hein-Dunne has extensive international experience. She has taught intensive courses in Legal English at law schools in Istanbul, Turkey; St. Petersburg, Russia; Santiago, Chile; Bogota and Cali, Columbia; Kyoto, Japan, and Beijing, China. She taught classes in American Literature and Academic Writing at the University of Bonn, Germany. She also designed and taught intensive Legal English to German lawyers and corporate executives at the Carl Duisberg Foundation in Cologne, Germany.